Today, APLA Health released the following statement regarding the passage and signage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.
“After a year in which we have seen over 6,600 reported incidents of anti-Asian hate, APLA Health applauds the bipartisan action Congress and President Joe Biden have taken to pass and sign the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law. This bill is an important step in further protecting Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) from hate crimes, which have increased dramatically since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health. “The bill establishes guidance for the collection and reporting of anti-AAPI hate crimes and expands resources for public education campaigns. The American Dream should not include living in fear of hate or violence. We all must work together to ensure that every member of our community is respected.”
APLA Health restores dignity and trust within underserved communities by providing world-class LGBTQ+ empowering healthcare, support services, and HIV specialty care. Since 1983, APLA Health has remained steadfast in its commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our lifetime. The agency is a multi-site operation includes eight Federally Qualified health Center (FQHC) locations, serving more than 18,000 people annually in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous. We provide 20 different services including: medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV specialty care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home healthcare; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impact the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information on APLA Health visit https://aplahealth.org.